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Visitor Centers

Photo of a new exhibit in the Visitor Center

Riverside Mural

National Park Service

The Visitor Center is open daily from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

A ten minute video presentation on the history of Great Falls Park is shown throughout the day. Check with the Visitor Center desk for schedules, or to request a presentation.

Stop by the Visitor Center desk for trail maps, the self-guided tour of the Patowmack Canal, local information, pamplets on nearby parks, and information on recreational activities. Volunteers and Rangers will be on hand to answer questions.

Explore a wide array of exhibits featuring the Patowmack Canal, geology, recreation, and the flora and fauna of Great Falls. An interactive children's room offers puzzles, coloring activities, and a hands-on exploration table.

Restrooms and a concession stand are located on the lower level. The concession stand is open seasonally from March to mid-November.

The park's bookstore is open during Visitor Center hours.

Did You Know?

Turkey vulture in flight

Those big black birds you see flying above Great Falls Park are usually vultures. Turkey vultures, like the one in the photo, have red heads. The smaller black vulture's white wingtips are easily seen in flight.